WALLA WALLA, Wash. - (Sept. 19) The Seattle University women’s tennis team got off to a solid start to its fall campaign, competing at the Whitman College Fall Invite Saturday and Sunday.

Junior Michelle Lui led the Redhawks, winning the Blue Flight single draw as well as the Blue Flight doubles draw alongside partner Kali McCollister.

SU also had consolation finals champs in both the Yellow Flight singles and Blue Flight doubles. Freshman Caroline Maltby claimed the singles consolations title while the pair of Barbara Carey and Kailyn Skjonsby took the doubles consolation title.

“What a great way to start off the year,” said SU Assistant Coach Matt Look. “We picked up right where we left off from last season and got our first good look at our freshmen, Caroline and Kali. Michelle is in midseason form, taking both the singles and doubles draw. We’re looking forward to sharpening our games throughout the fall and having a memorable year.”

Lui cruised through the singles bracket, handily winning all four matches in straight sets. Facing Janaya Smith of Eastern Washington in the title match, finished play with a 6-1, 6-3 victory.

Luis and McCollister worked their way through the doubles bracket with back-to-back 6-3 victories to reach the championship match against Hanna Greenburg and Mary Hill of Whitman College. The Redhawks pair went on to win the title match, 8-1.

On the other side of the bracket, Carey and Skjonsby dropped their first match to top seeded Smith and Faye Worrall of Eastern Washington, but rebounded with a 7-5 win over a pair from Lewis-Clark State. They went on to win the consolation final, 8-5, over Lauren Lang and Kianna Arthur of Lewis-Clark State.

In the Yellow Flight singles draw, junior Audrey Scott won three straight to reach the title match, but would finish as the runner up following a 6-0, 6-2 defeat to Carolina Lopez of EWU.

SU’s Maltby took the consolation final in the same bracket, defeating Jenn Lewis of EWU, 8-3, in the final match.

Seattle U’s fall slate continues on Saturday, Oct. 8 when it hosts Pacific Lutheran at 11 a.m. on the SU Tennis Courts.

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